Solaris open source move opens up multi-platform opportunities

Langley, Nick
March 2006
Computer Weekly;3/14/2006, p56
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The article presents information about Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris Enterprise System. Early in 2005 Sun began to make core products such as server operating system Solaris and the Java Enterprise System, and associated developer and management tools, available in no-cost, open source form. Sun explained that this was to get more people trying out its products. More software adoption means access to more customers, which in turn means more opportunity for Sun and Sun partners to sell supported products and services, it said. Sun's main motivation, as the supplier of the leading Unix implementation, was to fight off the growing dominance of Linux. But, pointing out that Linux was the flagship of the open source movement, ported to more than 80 platforms and with widely available skills, British analyst Robin Bloor commented that Solaris is a heavy-duty operating system that has many capabilities that Linux currently aspires to but does not yet deliver. Making Solaris open source has succeeded in extending the range of platforms it can be used with.


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